Jokowi Extends Emergency PPKM until End of July
KNews.id- President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) finally decided to extend the implementation of the Emergency Community Activity Restrictions (PPKM) until the end of July 2021. This policy was taken after seeing the trend of Covid-19 cases not being under control.The extension of the Emergency PPKM was conveyed by the Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture (Menko PMK), Muhadjir Effendy. According to him, President Joko Widodo agreed to continue this policy.
“Earlier, the limited Cabinet meeting that I attended when I was in Sukoharjo (Central Java) had been decided by the President to continue until the end of July this PPKM,” said Muhadjir when visiting the University Club UGM Hotel which was used as a shelter for Covid-19 patients in Yogyakarta, Friday (16/7).
He revealed that President Jokowi also conveyed that the decision to extend the emergency PPKM has many risks, including how to balance between disciplining residents to obey health protocols according to PPKM standards with the distribution of social assistance.
According to Muhadjir, social assistance cannot be borne by the government alone, but mutual cooperation with the community and a number of other agencies is also needed in dealing with this pandemic.The donation of masks was also a concern at the cabinet meeting.
This is because not a few residents consider masks as expensive items. Whatever the term is used, whether emergency PPKM or super emergency PPKM, as long as people don’t want to compromise and refrain from violating the process, the handling of Covid-19 will not succeed.
“If you don’t realize that health care is the main thing, handling Covid-19 won’t work,” he said.As is known, the Emergency PPKM was originally implemented on 3-20 July 2021.
This policy was originally applied to the Java and Bali regions due to the surge in Covid-19 cases. (Ikh)